NEW York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has mocked Donald Trump, alleging that his rally’s attendance numbers were so low because he got tricked by TikTokers.
The president’s re-election campaign has claimed that one million people reserved tickets online for his rally that took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday night.
President Donald Trump’s ‘comeback’ rally in Tulsa on Saturday night had a lower number of attendees than his re-election campaign expected[/caption]
A lone rally-goer is seen here sitting away from other attendees while wearing a mask[/caption]
But it was clear attendance at the event — Trump’s first since the coronavirus outbreak hit the US — wasn’t what the campaign expected for his “comeback” rally with five months left until Election Day.
Trump tried to blame the media for the crowd, claiming they said “don’t go, don’t come, don’t do anything.”
He also insisted there were protesters outside “doing bad things,” but the small crowds of pre-rally demonstrators were largely peaceful, and Tulsa police reported just one arrest on Saturday afternoon.
The Trump team scrapped a 7pm address before the rally to the “overflow” crowd outside the BOK Center after there wasn’t much of a crowd outside the 19,000-seat arena at all.
Trump is seen walking into the BOK Center, with empty seats in the upper stands of the arena[/caption]
The Trump campaign said one million people requested tickets online to attend the rally[/caption]
But Trump and his campaign blamed the poor attendance on “bad people” who were outside of the venue in the hours leading up to the rally.
“Radical protestors, fueled by a week of apocalyptic media coverage, interfered with @realDonaldTrump supporters at the rally,” campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted.
“They even blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering. Thanks to the 1,000s who made it anyway!”
But the Democratic rep insisted that “Zoomers” — members of Generation Z — were to blame.
Trump supporters are seen at his rally on Saturday night[/caption]
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is seen here on June 15 handing out leaflets as she seeks re-election[/caption]
“Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID.”
“Shout out to Zoomers,” she tweeted. “Y’all make me so proud.”
The Sun reported earlier this week that TikTok users were trolling the Trump campaign and reserving tickets for his comeback rally — with no plans to actually attend.
TikTokers said they wanted Trump to be left standing in front of an empty or fairly empty arena on Saturday.
Trump’s team said the move would backfire, as they didn’t put a limit on how many people could actually request tickets.
Mary Jo Laupp, 51, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, appeared to have jump-started the movement on TikTok when she posted a video encouraging her followers to go to Trump’s website and register for the rally, but not show up.
TikToker Mary Jo Laupp, who started the movement to register for Trump’s rally, is seen here[/caption]
TikTok users said they signed up for Trump’s rally with no plans to actually attend[/caption]
“I recommend all of those of us that want to see this 19,000-seat auditorium barely filled or completely empty go reserve tickets now and leave him standing alone there on the stage,” Laupp told her followers.
People continued the trend on Twitter where several users received hundreds of likes.
User @kantoregions posted of a reason not to attend after booking tickets: “Oopsies I reserved my tickets for the same day my $3.25 flight for Italy takes off — hate when that happens.”
Another user, @CashalaG, said, “I can’t find a babysitter.”
Trump’s visit to Oklahoma was the first time he’s been to the state since his election in 2016[/caption]
Laupp told CNN she was initially upset that Trump decided to hold his rally on Juneteenth, which is the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US in 1865.
Tulsa is also the site where 300 people died in an orchestrated white-on-Black massacre in 1921.
Trump’s campaign team insisted before the rally they would have the last laugh.
“Leftists do this all the time. They think if they sign up for tickets that will leave empty seats,” said Erin Perrine, a Trump campaign spokeswoman.
“Not the case at all. Always way more ticket requests than seats available at a rally. All they are doing is giving us access to their contact information.”
Singer Pink tweeted a CNN clip of the BOK Center and said: “I think I sold that same place out in five minutes. Cat face with tears of joy #donkeyshow.”
Political strategist Steve Schmidt tweeted that he was “dead serious” when he said his daughter and her friends reserved “hundreds” of tickets.
“The teens of America have struck a savage blow against @realDonaldTrump. All across America teens ordered tickets to this event. The fools on the campaign bragged about a million tickets. lol,” he said.
He compared Trump’s rally to Fyre Festival — a music festival in the Bahamas in 2017 that was hyped up and sold-out, but turned out to be a poorly-planned event in which its organizer, Billy McFarland, scammed investors out of $26million and was sentenced to six years in prison.
“@realDonaldTrump you have been failed by your team. You have been deserted by your faithful. No one likes to root for the losing team,” Schmidt continued.
Twitter users replied to Schmidt saying their teen daughters did the same thing as well.
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User @tamoore24 said: “It wasn’t just teenagers. I’m 60 and I’ve got 300 tickets. And I’m an Oklahoma Democrat.”
Actor George Takei, who often tweets out against Trump, wrote online: “The digital brains behind Trump’s campaign, Brad Pascarle, got punked by an army of TikTok teens who registered for tickets to Trump’s rally but never showed.”
“That’s why he thought they’d gotten one million to sign up, but the stadium is half empty,” Takei tweeted at Parscale. “You got schooled.”